Beyond the paradigm of technicist evaluation Towards a sociology of crime prevention
The late modern risk society thesis, communitarianism and crime
To a large degree, the vision of crime prevention as a fully-fledged pro-
fessional discipline is a grail for the future – but this is surely an irresistible
challenge to practitioners, researchers, evaluators, and policy-makers.
(Ekblom, 1996: 87)
Reducing crime: crime is caused by the lack of integrity in a nation.
Crime is the outburst of stress. A group of 7000 people practising the
Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying will eliminate
stress and maintain orderliness in the collective consciousness of
Europe. This will reduce crime dramatically… Crime rate in Mersey-
side has fallen by 60% compared to national trends since 1988 when a
group of Yogic Flyers was set up nearby.
(Natural Law Party manifesto in European elections 1995)
A fellow is walking down the street in London wearing a suit of pro-
tective armour and waving a large club over his head, all the while
shouting 'Get back! Get back!' So a policeman comes along and says,
'Excuse me Sir, but what exactly are you doing?' The guy says, 'I'm
doing tiger prevention. I'm doing this to keep tigers away'. The puzzled
cop scratches his head and says, 'But sir, no tigers have been seen on the
streets of London in my lifetime'. And the guy says, 'See, it works!'
(Currie, 1996: 13)